Now that you've finally tired of all the shaving, waxing, and plucking it takes to keep unwanted hair at bay, it's time to begin reaping the rewards of laser hair removal. But there are some things you're going to want to do before you can say goodbye to ingrown hairs, stop paying for expensive hair removal tools, and start saving all that time you used to spend grooming.
Here's a look at six things to do before your laser hair removal procedure:
1. Stop Waxing and Plucking
Laser hair removal works by targeting the roots of hair, so you're going to want to make sure there are roots to be targeted. This means no more waxing or plucking unwanted hair for six weeks prior to your procedure.
But don't worry, you don't have to go out in public with unruly and unwanted hair popping out from everywhere. You can still run a razor over the areas that will be treated because shaving leaves the hairs' roots in place.
2. Stop Bleaching
In order for laser hair removal to be most effective, the light from the laser needs to be able to be absorbed by the pigment in the roots of your hair. Bleaching alters that pigment and makes it more difficult for your doctor to target the roots. If you want to get the most out of the procedure, you're going to want to stop bleaching your hair six months before your appointment.
3. Stay Out of the Sun
There are two good reasons to stay out of the sun (and to avoid tanning beds and self-tanners) for two weeks before your treatment. First, undergoing the treatment with a sunburn can be incredibly painful and actually lead to blistering. And second, undergoing the treatment with a fresh tan can cause permanent skin discoloration.
So make sure you try to stay out of the sun and always wear plenty of sunscreen when you are outside.
Two days before your appointment, you're going to want to shave the area that will be treated with laser hair removal. Shaving won't affect the roots--the laser will still be able to target the pigment--but it will decrease the likelihood of you being burned during the procedure.
So make sure you run a razor over the area that will be treated withing 24 to 48 hours before your appointment.
5. Wipe Away Beauty Products
On the day of your procedure, make sure you remove any makeup or creams that you've previously applied to your skin. Also be sure to wipe away any deodorant, lotions, ointments, or any other beauty products so there is nothing between the laser and the pigment in your hair roots.
Just use soap and water to wash, rinse, and then rinse again.
6. Make Note of Your Medications
Make sure you tell your medical team about any medications you're taking prior to undergoing the procedure. Some medications make your skin more sensitive and susceptible to burns or blisters during and after the laser hair removal procedure.
This is especially true for antibiotics, birth control, certain acne treatments, and photosensitizing medications. You won't have to stop taking them, but you will want your medical team to know so they can adjust accordingly.
You're just about to enjoy living without unwanted hair. If you have questions or concerns about the procedure, contact us today and we'll be happy to help make sure you are well-prepared for success.